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Eastford in Windham County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Eastford

 
 
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By Alan M. Perrie, April 1, 2018
1. Eastford Marker
Inscription.
Ancient Nipmuck Indian territory. The Old Connecticut Path, an Indian trail from Massachusetts used by early colonists, crossed the region. The families of John and Sarah Perry and of William Ward, Senior, first settled this area in 1710, when it was part of Ashford. Eastford Society was formed as a church parish in 1777. The town of Eastford was incorporated in 1847 upon separation from Ashford, a town since 1714. General Nathaniel Lyon (1818-1861), hailed as the savior of Missouri to the Union cause, and the first Northern general killed in the Civil War, was born in the Phoenixville section of town. The population declined greatly from 1860 to 1900, but more recently new immigrants, mostly from Central Europe, have restored many of the old farms. Until early in the 20th century, Eastford was a self- sufficient agricultural community with a wide diversity of small industries. The Town retains much of the same character today, with extensive areas of farms and woodlands.

 
Erected 1980 by the Town of Eastford, the Eastford Historical Society, and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 54.094′ N, 72° 4.809′ W. Marker is in Eastford, Connecticut, in Windham
Eastford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, April 1, 2018
2. Eastford Marker
County. Marker is at the intersection of Eastford Road (Connecticut Route 198) and Old Colony Road, on the left when traveling north on Eastford Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eastford CT 06242, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eastford Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); John Perry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ashford (approx. 3 miles away); Constitution Oak (approx. 3 miles away); Abington Meeting House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Abington Congregational Meeting House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ashford Veterans Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Pomfret (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eastford. (Submitted on April 2, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. General Nathanial Lyon. (Submitted on April 2, 2018, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
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